August 1: Tisha b’Av

-Israel mourns

The God of Israel so loves Israel; He calls her the “apple of His eye.”  Try to imagine how His heart must break to watch His Beloved suffer.  Like a loving parent who must discipline a child, He knows what is best despite His personal pain.

 Lamentations 5:15-18

The joy of our heart has ceased;

Our dance has turned into mourning.

The crown has fallen from our head.

Woe to us, for we have sinned!

Because of this our heart is faint;

Because of these things our eyes grow dim;

Because of Mount Zion which is desolate,

With foxes walking about on it.

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSQUENCES OF SIN AGAINST GOD AND REPENT.

The Funerary Tomb of John Hyrcanus, who was the Hasmonean king and high priest who reigned during the latter part of the 2nd century BC. The tomb monument with its pointed roof looked similar to that of Absaloms also found in the Kidron Valley. The Roman Legions who laid siege to Jerusalem made many attacks near this tomb according to Josephus. It was located near the citadel, the high point of ancient Jerusalem.

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